Alright, I currently use my university's remote desktop system to log in to my university account from home to retrieve files.
It got me thinking about enabling my computer to be connected to remotely.
My questions are thus:
a) Is Remote Desktop essentially the world's longest monitor, keyboard and mouse extension cable? Does the computer being connected to still do all the processing? I.e, could I log in from the university, say, and have my computer here crunch numbers in MATLAB, rather than having the ageing uni computers do the maths?
b) How secure is it? How can I make it more secure? I have no problems remembering a 26 digit hexadecimal password, but I imagine the password is not the most vulnerable part of the system...
c) If I don't have a static IP (expensive) how would I actually connect to my computer?
Sure I'll have more questions, but for now, I'd appreciate the help!
If you are going to open it without an access list (only certain IPs, etc. can access it) disable remote logons from any account except for yours, make your username really obscure and long and your password as well.
The best way to do it is to use a VPN and then connect directly through that.
If you can install the Logmein plugin on your PC at school you could install that on your home system and just connect that way and if you use that it doesn't matter what IP you have.
I remember back in school I had about 8 or 9 levels of going back and forth between my systems and the schools systems remoted into each other via rdp, ssh, etc. It was pretty funny. Also X forwarding was awesome because I could run cool things like CDE, Photoshop and Framemaker from their Solaris box lol.
As you can tell I didn't even use the windows computers on campus either the engineering solaris boxes (blade 2500 or ultra 45) or the linux computer science RHEL ones.